Computer manufacturer Acer is looking to expand its product portfolio. Couple of days ago, Acer had officially announced the Acer Stream (a.k.a. Liquid Stream), an Android 2.1 Éclair OS-based smartphone with a 3.7” WVGA/AMOLED display, a 512 RAM, a 2GB internal storage, a 5MP built-in camera with HD 720p recording, and a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU for running apps and tapping into all manner of entertainment media.
DoubleDT.Com has mentioned at above that the Acer Stream is just the latest Android smartphone coming to the market. What DoubleDT.Com didn’t tell you, was that the gadget has Nexus One like specs. But, we expect the Acer Stream to be more widely available with none of those 3G issues that has hampered sales of the Google superphone.
On the surface, the Acer Stream seems similarly specced to the Google Nexus One. But, the Acer Stream will focus heavily on media, offering broad video format support, an HDMI output for pushing content to a bigger screen, plus the handset will act as a DLNA streamer via Wi-Fi. Other cool features include Dolby Mobile sound with RDS radio.
An HDMI port is included to pumping your content to a big screen TV, and a 2GB internal storage is supplemented with a microSD card slot (expandable by up to 32GB) and a free 8GB memory card.
Unveiled at a press event in Beijing, the Acer Stream also feature a unique UI designed by Acer, with a status bar working as a divider with an app history on top and favorite app icons on the bottom. The handset packs in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking along with HSPA mobile broadband and an integrated GPS. However, the Acer Stream had a woeful battery life and a low-quality chassis with no Android overlay. Well, at least Acer is promising a nicer skin this time round.
Acer has planned to pack the smartphone with a social networking apps, so users can immediately tap into Facebook and Twitter. Moreover, the Acer Stream will also come with pre-installed media player apps that handle WMV HD, Xvid, and a variety of other formats.
Acer expects to start offering the Acer Stream in the second half of 2010, but, pricing and potential carrier partners haven’t been announced. According to Mic Write from ElectricPig, he believes that the Acer Stream could tempt consumers aways from other handset with similar specs, such as the HTC Desire. Do you agree? Moreover, the real question at this point is “does this smartphone stand a chance against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S I9000”?
Acer Stream’s specifications:
- GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, GPRS class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots) 32 – 48 kpbs, EDGE class 10 (236.8 kbps), HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2.0 Mbps
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1GHz
- Platform: Android OS v2.1 (Eclair), upgradable
- Dimensions: 119.5 x 63 x 11.2 mm
- Weight: 140g
- Camera: 5MP auto-focus, 2560×1920 pixels, 720p@24fps video recording, Geo-tagging, face and smile detection
- Display: 3.7-inches 16M-color AMOLED capacitive touchscreen & 480×800-pixels resolution, Acer Touch 3D UI v4.0, Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off, Touch sensitive controls
- Memory: 2GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, microSD card slot (up to 32GB), a 8GB memory card included
- Connectivity: Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DNLA & UPnP technology, available v2.0 microUSB port
- Sound: Alert types (Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones), Speakerphone (3.5 mm audio jack, dedicated music keys, Dolby Mobile sound enhancement)
- Messaging: SMS (threaded view), e-mail, MMS, IM, Push e-mail
- Browser: HTML
- Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS
- Other Features: Micro HDMI port, Digital compass, Dedicated search key, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Google Talk, Picasa integration, MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC + player, MP4/Xvid/WMV/H.263 player, Facebook & Flickr integration, Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Voice memo, T9
- Operating Times: (stand-by) up to 400h [3G]; (talk-time) up to 5h [3G]
- Battery: standard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAh
- Colors: Black
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